Holiday review by Sue

Name: Sue

Date of trip: 05/11/2016

Number of people: 2

Wildlife & scenery!

  • Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge


  • Bellavista view


  • Bellavista is a good birding destination


  • Accommodation at Bellavista


  • Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador © Senderos

    Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador

  • Patio Andaluz


  • King room at Patio Andaluz


  • Courtyard restaurant at Patio Andaluz


  • Artwork at Patio Andaluz


  • Letty in the Galapagos Islands


  • Letty lounge


  • Sea lion and boat


  • Sundeck on MY Letty


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Tribes Overall:

A good balance, pleased we didn't try to visit the Amazon within this time frame as it would have been too much to take in.

Tribes Service:

Apart from one issue which was at Quito airport where it was not easy to find the boat representatives as they were not indicated on the sheet provided by Tribes.

Tribes Comment: The boat representative uses two different names which can cause some confusion - apologies for any confusion caused.


Generally excellent. There was just 1 guide out of 4 whose knowledge could not be faulted but who didn't have much empathy.

The places you stayed

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge


Wonderful location, great staff & guides but building & facilities slightly 'tired'. It lacked a welcoming communal area that people were encouraged to use apart from the dining area.

We are novices to 'birding' but Luis our guide introduced us to over 85 different birds in 2 days! Comment from Tribes: I'm not sure what happened here as there is a social area right at the front of the whole complex called the Trogon's Lounge. It is a cozy place with plenty of space for sitting in chairs and sofa with reading materil and direct views over the feeders. Also there are 4 new rooms which are superior rooms which are bigger than the standard and have big beds and great views.

Deluxe room at Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta


Fabulous location, welcoming staff, comfortable accommodation, exceptional shared areas and delicious food. NB we think we had a deluxe room but chatting with other guests it sounds as though some of the 'standard' rooms may be a bit small.

A good variety of activities, even for those not riding.

Maria went the extra mile when I had a dental emergency & couldn't have been more helpful.

Patio Andaluz

Patio Andaluz


Good accommodation, food & location, friendly staff.

Would recommend the half day guided tour of Quito.

Letty in the Galapagos Islands

MY Letty

Galapagos Islands

Eric was great! Captain & crew couldn't have been more welcoming & the food amazing given the limitations of a galley on a boat!

Galapagos lived up to expectations.